Adairsville alumnus Vic Beasley is starting off the season just fine.
Beasley, who led the NFL in sacks last season for the Atlanta Falcons, picked up his first sack of the season Sunday in Atlanta’s season-opening 23-17 win over the Chicago Bears.
He also had one other tackle. He brought down Bears quarterback Mike Glennon for a 4-yard loss on the last play of the first quarter, bringing up a fourth down.
Unfortunately, it didn’t push Chicago far enough out of field goal range, as Connor Barth nailed a 54-yarder on the next play to tie the game at 3-3.
College football season is starting to heat up, but none of the Bartow County alumni had a real standout game in what was, for most of them, the second week of the season.
The biggest news was a couple of backup quarterbacks seeing the field for Division-I teams, as an injury pushed Marcus Childers up the depth chart for Northern Illinois.
Childers, now the No. 2 quarterback, made the most of his debut opportunity in a rout of Eastern Illinois, completing his only pass and averaging 5.6 yards on five rushes.
At UNC-Charlotte, a rout also pushed Brooks Barden onto the field, and he struggled in the fourth quarter as Kansas State dominated the 49ers.
Casey Bolan (Reinhardt Fr., Woodland) — Bolan came in fourth for the Eagles Friday at the Stan Sims Invitational in 22:18. That was good for 55th overall out of 87 runners. Reinhardt finished fifth out of 10 teams, including several D-I squads.
Bree Cole (Jacksonville State So., Cartersville) — Cole also ran in the Stan Sims Invite Friday, finishing 37th overall with a time of 20:57. That was third for the Gamecocks, who finished sixth out of 10 teams.
Quadre Allen (Tusculum Jr., Woodland) — Allen had three total tackles (two solo) Saturday as Tusculum beat Shorter 39-12.
Brooks Barden (UNC-Charlotte Jr., Cartersville) — Barden relieved starting quarterback Hassan Klugh early in the fourth quarter Saturday in Charlotte’s 55-7 loss to Kansas State. He completed 2-of-6 passes for 26 yards with one interception and also had one rush for three yards.
Terrius Callahan (Austin Peay Fr., Cartersville) — Callahan saw action Saturday in Austin Peay’s 31-10 loss against Miami (Ohio).
Marcus Childers (Northern Illinois Fr., Adairsville) — Thanks to an injury to starter Ryan Graham, Childers will be the backup for the Huskies for at least a few weeks. Accordingly, he saw action Saturday in a 38-10 rout of Eastern Illinois, completing his only pass attempt for a 17-yard gain and rushing five times for 28 yards. He did lose a fumble on his final rushing attempt of the game, but those 28 yards were good for third on the team.
Xavior Coaxum (LaGrange Fr., Cartersville) — Coaxum had four total tackles (two solo), including one tackle for loss Saturday as LaGrange lost to Berry, 28-14. The four tackles were tied for third on the team.
Dalen Curtis (Brevard College Fr., Cartersville) — Curtis started at center Saturday as Brevard lost to Emory and Henry, 48-13.
Trase Fezzia (Ellsworth Community College Fr., Cartersville) — Fezzia had two solo tackles Saturday as Ellsworth edged Iowa Central CC 35-28 in overtime.
T.L. Ford (UNC-Charlotte Sr., Cartersville) — Ford started and was targeted once, but didn’t have a catch Saturday in Charlotte’s big loss to Kansas State.
Miller Forristall (Alabama So., Cartersville) — Forristall saw action Saturday as No. 1 Alabama routed Fresno State, 41-10.
Gordon Gray (Kennesaw State Jr., Cartersville) — Gray saw action Saturday in Kennesaw State’s 27-14 win over Tennessee Tech.
Gabriel Gridley (ASA College Fr., Cartersville) — Gridley was a special teams jack of all trades Saturday for ASA in a 70-0 rout of Wagner’s junior varsity. He punted twice, with a 44-yard average, placing one punt inside the 20. He had two touchbacks on kickoffs and held for eight point-after attempts.
Sean Holton (Davidson Fr., Cartersville) — Holton had a solo tackle Saturday as Davidson fell to Western Carolina, 63-17.
Emmanuel Jones (Colorado State Fr., Woodland) — Jones had three solo tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, Saturday as Colorado State beat Abilene Christian, 38-10. Jones’ five tackles in three games are second among Colorado State freshmen, one behind Grayson alumnus Ellison Hubbard’s six.
Mark Quattlebaum (UNC-Charlotte Jr., Cartersville) — Quattlebaum had one catch for five yards Saturday as Charlotte lost 55-7 to Kansas State. He was targeted two other times.
Torrian Scrutchins (Ellsworth Community College Fr., Cartersville) — Scrutchins had two solo tackles, including one for a loss, in Ellsworth’s 35-28 win over Iowa Central Saturday.
Shelby Townsend Jr. (Georgia Southern Jr., Woodland) — Townsend saw action Saturday in a 22-12 loss to New Hampshire.
Hiram Velez (West Florida Sr., Adairsville) — West Florida’s Saturday game against Midwestern State was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
Brandon Wade (Ellsworth Community College Fr., Cartersville) — Wade saw action but didn’t record any stats in Ellsworth’s overtime win Saturday.
Madison Bennett (North Greenville So., Woodland) — Bennett came off the bench in two games last week, recording 55 minutes and a shot Wednesday in a 1-0 loss to USC-Aiken and 48 minutes and a shot on goal in a 3-1 win over Southern Wesleyan on Saturday.
Cody West (Duquesne Sr., Cass) — West played all 90 minutes and conceded a foul Saturday as Duquesne lost 2-0 to Bucknell.